This transcript is automatically generated
One small business has already drowned.
Good stores that this Las Vegas shopping center being next.
Utility should be based on use.
And this is exactly why did you water surcharge by the southern Nevada water authority is causing so much controversy.
It's based on the size of -- building's water meter instead of how much water the building actually uses.
We've always been told to be conservative with our water.
Because we -- in the desert obviously and all of a sudden we -- our bills double.
Not based on usage so -- -- the pricing structure works.
Residential communities typically have a three fourths inch water -- so their bill will go up five dollars small businesses usually have larger water meters that are used for their sprinkler systems if that meter is between four to ten inches.
They get paid as much as 580 dollars casinos and resorts with water meters above eight inches can see an increase of more than 2000 dollars the changes have affected some of the properties that Emanuel loans in the shopping center with -- water bill increases over 300 dollars isn't fair that -- being charged because of the size of the water -- -- doesn't seem to make much sense that's like.
Saying that you have a bigger fuel tank in your car so you are being charged more than -- -- -- smaller -- we pose the same question to the water authority.
According to them the size of the building's water meter directly affects the overall infrastructure of the water system.
Simply put a bigger meter equals a bigger charge it's how.
Big -- your piece of the infrastructure -- As for the plight of small businesses from this new water surcharge who -- their intention.
Who should bear across.
It's not that you -- you've been here how that's not my decision and -- Small businesses can still express their concerns -- upcoming water authority meetings but as it stands the pricing structure will be in place for the next three years with one business already drowning.
And a few others reaching for a life jacket.
In Las Vegas.